2023 Deckhand (Summer Seasonal)

Job Description


Deckhands are the face of Lighthouse Excursions on the water. Being a deckhand with us means your office is the deck of a tour boat, and your clients are the many visitors who come to Alaska each year, eager to experience the wild beauty of our state. Whether it's whipping up the perfect hot chocolate or pointing out the American bald eagle soaring overhead, you'll find there's always something to keep you engaged with your work day!

A deckhand's number one priority is to ensure the safety of all of our guests aboard our tour, and secondarily, to function as top-notch customer service representative. This position is also well-suited to help you pursue a captain’s license.

-Prep vessel for tour day;
-Greet guests on arrival to dock, assist with pre-tour photography, & safe boarding of the vessel;
-Proper line handling during vessel docking & undocking, including demonstrating proficiency with a cleat hitch & other knots as needed;
-Food & beverage service & prep while underway;
-Provide guests with guidance to spot wildlife and/or assist with photographs of key points of interest;
-Keep tour vessel supplies stocked & report any low inventory to Dockside Manager;
-Clean & tidy vessels daily;
-Maintain register, merchandise displays, & assist guests with on-board purchases;
-Completion of weekly/monthly special cleaning & maintenance projects as assigned;
-Passenger management, or other tasks as assigned by captain, in the event of an emergency;
-Participate in scheduled bi-monthly drills;
-Additional duties as assigned.


-Must hold or obtain a valid First Aid/CPR Card & Alaska Food Workers Card;
-Pre-employment drug screening & participation in random testing program throughout the season;
-Must be able to safely lift up to 50 lbs;
-Must be committed to following federal, state, & local health & safety requirements per industry standards;
-Participation in our Pre-Season Company Training;
-Must be able to work our full season (mid-April to early October) without interruption.

Wage & Hours

Hourly wage is $15-18/hr (+ tips) DOE. Average hours for this position are 35-40 hrs per week, with some overtime throughout the season. Daily work schedule is variable, including weekends and some holidays. A $1.50 per hour worked bonus is included upon fulfilling a season contract.

Eligible for 401K benefit after 650 hours.


7509 N Tongass Hwy, Ketchikan, AK, 99901

Contact Info

Rebekka Esbjornson, Shore Operations Manager
[email protected]

Listing Closing Date

03 / 31 / 2023


Please email us your resume, including your tour season availability and three professional references. On average, most candidates can expect to hear back from us within 2 business weeks. *Our 2023 summer season runs from mid-April to early October.